Cape residents urge BOCC to re-engage on lighthouse

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 09:08 AM.

But, Cunningham noted, the city’s second extension of a deadline to move the lighthouse from the federal government expires in mid-January.

The CCA proposes, as a fair number of residents in the county do, to move the lighthouse to Salinas Park, two miles down the cape from the current lighthouse location.

“All the original reasons (to move the lighthouse to Salinas Park) remain in play,” Cunningham said, including historic integrity.

She said the state appropriation – which must be spent during the current fiscal year or it could be lost – and current donations combined with pledges from those who want the lighthouse to remain on Cape San Blas, where it has stood for more than 150 years, would push the CCA close to the fiscal goal.

Hardman lauded the city’s efforts to date and noted the county was in no position to provide any funding.

But she said after a year the city has raised barely a third of what the city originally requested from the RESTORE Committee.

“The city has spent a lot man-hours and money on this,” Hardman said, adding that the city had other fish to fry, such as the quality of drinking water. “You might find there are a lot of citizens who might be interested in having the county take this project back.”

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